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Kingston, Jamaica Brings New Friends and Insights

Keri Sherman had an amazing opportunity to serve as part of the Missionaries of the Poor, an international religious institute dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor. Keri is the social service coordinator of United Methodist Communities at Wesley by the Bay. Keri traveled with a team of nurses, doctors and social workers to …

What Are the Latest Advancements in Hospice Care?

New technologies are transforming every industry, and hospice care is no exception. Here are some exciting new advancements that are entering the industry to improve care for terminal patients. Predictive Analytics in Hospice Care  These data systems collect and analyze patient data from medical teams and support systems to help chart and predict changes in …

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K4Connect Expands into New Jersey as United Methodist Communities Deploys New Technology for Residents and Associates

K4Connect , a purpose-driven technology company that creates solutions that serve and empower older adults and those living with a disability, announced today its expansion into New Jersey through a strategic partnership with United Methodist Communities (UMC), an influential provider of residential and community-based services for older adults. United Methodist Communities will deploy K4Connect’s premier connected-life senior living solution, …

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Associate Close-Up: Ian Scheer, Director of Tapestries®

We recently sat down with Ian Scheer, Director of Memory Support Services at Collingswood, to learn more about him and his passion for memory care and services. These are his words: What is your name and position? Ian Scheer, Director of Tapestries® Memory Care.   What do you like best about working for United Methodist …

What is The Relationship Between Cancer and Lifestyle Factors?

Cancer is one of the most prolific and devastating health conditions of our time and, while the exact causes of the many types of cancer are out of our control (including genetic factors), there are some ways we can help prevent these diseases. Taking a proactive approach often means making important changes to our lifestyles …

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Associate Close-Up: Gary Slattery, Executive Chef at Collingswood

We recently sat down with Gary Slattery, the Executive Chef at Collingswood, to learn more about him and his passion for food and senior care and services. These are his words.   What is your name and job title (include UMC location/site)? Gary W. Slattery Executive Chef of United Methodist Communities at Collingswood.   Where …

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Free Dementia Training for Gloucester County First Responders

Expert to cover successful approaches, communication tools, and problem solving skills Consider the range of unpredictable situations first responders face each day. About 51 million Americans are age 65 and over while about 5.8 million live with some type of dementia. These statistics drastically increase first responders’ chances not only, of encountering older adults, but …

4 Tips for Regaining Self-Confidence After a Fall

When we’re younger, a fall is often a minor incident that’s quickly forgotten – but for seniors, it can be a devastating shock. In fact, falls are the leading cause of disability and serious injuries in seniors, often leading to emergency room visits, surgery and lengthy healing times. It’s easy to see how a fall …

5 Great Reasons to Volunteer at Your Local Hospice!

If you’re looking to give back to your community or take an active role in helping people, then volunteering at a local hospice can be a rewarding experience for you. Here’s why:   You’ll make a real difference. Volunteers make a meaningful difference in a hospice — they’re someone new to talk to, a positive and …

What is PTSD?

June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day and the team at our assisted living community in Gloucester County is raising awareness about this condition to help people better identify, treat, and cope with it. What is PTSD?  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that can be triggered by a highly stressful or traumatic event …

It’s Time to Create Your Advance Medical Directive

People often ask when is the right time to organize their estate plan and to paraphrase a common quote, “the best time to do it is yesterday, the second-best time to do it is right now.” An advance medical directive is one key part of your estate plan that protects you in the event that …

How to Help Your Loved One with Alzheimer’s Enjoy Summer Outings

One of the most important things to do when a friend or loved one has Alzheimer’s disease is to make an active effort to keep them a part of your social circle. Socializing and engaging with others helps fight depression and anxiety and is thought to be beneficial. Here is some advice to help make …

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Book Nook RBCS Comes to Red Bank

Red Bank Charter School’s service learning project There is a new and unique outdoor fixture in front of 9 Wall Street in Red Bank, a gift from the Red Bank Charter School’s sixth grade class. Named “Book Nook RBCS” by the students, it began during their fifth grade year as part of a service-learning project. …

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For the Health of It: Promoting the Wellness of Older Adults

While prevention is better than cure, it is never too late to get healthy. United Methodist Communities at The Wesleyan, located at 9 Wall Street in Red Bank, New Jersey, embraces a wellness agenda every day. On May 30, to promote the importance of regular physical activity not only for the older adults who reside …

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Understanding, Empathetic and Patient

By Kathryn Speer Although the staff here is small, one person stands out as a model we all should aspire to. She is not your average person, and certainly not an average associate. She does good deeds because she is a good person, not for the pat on the back. She is Kerileigh, “Keri” Sherman, …